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1-Day Santa Monica & Venice Beach Itinerary

If you’re visiting California and want to visit the best beach cities near Los Angeles, this 1-day itinerary for a morning in Venice and afternoon and evening in Santa Monica will help you have a great day. This step-by-step Southern California touring plan is almost entirely walkable, with and will allow you to have a […]

1-Day Laguna Beach, California Itinerary

If you’re planning a day in Laguna Beach, California and don’t want to spend all your time soaking up the sun, our 1-day itinerary offers a step-by-step plan for the best things to do and where to eat & shop. It also includes several of our favorite beaches, hidden gems, and more. Having a step-by-step […]

Heisler Park: Laguna Beach’s Crown Jewel

Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, California is not a hidden gem. Its beaches are no secrets, and its beautifully-manicured landscape is rarely devoid of people. Despite it being a popular place to relax, walk, and exercise in Orange County, Heisler Park is still underrated. How can this be possible if it’s a popular spot? Because […]

Nikon D850 Review

This Nikon D850 review features travel and landscape photos I’ve taken with the new DSLR, its pros & cons, how it performs as compared to the Nikon D810 and D750, and other assorted thoughts about why I think the Nikon D850 is the best all-around DSLR for travel photography. For starters, a brief overview for […]

Laguna Beach Engagement Photography

I see a lot of engagement photographers in Laguna Beach, California. It’s an incredibly popular spot for brides and grooms to sit for pre-wedding portraits, and it’s easy to see why. Free public access, beautiful ocean backdrops, and plentiful sunshine. Pretty much the exact same reason landscape photographers like me flock to Laguna. When my […]

One Night in Étretat, France

Famous for its iconic white cliffs and arches, Étretat is has everything you could want from a small coastal town in France: charm, breathtaking vistas, intimate bed & breakfasts, and of course, plenty of great food. This post is mostly anecdotal–rather than offering tips for visiting Étretat, we’re simply sharing our all-too-brief visit here, what we did, […]

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

El Matador State Beach: Malibu’s Megastar

Southern California has a lot of incredible beaches, but without question, the best beach near Los Angeles is El Matador State Beach in Malibu, which is one of the pocket beaches in Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach (all of which are part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). In this post, I’ll […]

Southern California Whale Watching Tips

Whale watching season is upon us! November through April, Gray Whales pass along the California coast, and there’s no better place to watch them than in Southern California’s beach cities of Dana Point, Long Beach, and Newport Beach. If you’re visiting Los Angeles or Orange County, California in the winter, we think making the trek […]

Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]